Marquetry Series “Butterfly”

Gardens and their butterflies were much loved by the Imperial family. Butterflies feature in the vivid murals in Schönbrunn Palace commissioned by Empress Maria Theresa and painted by the famous 18th century Bohemian ornamentalist painter Johann Wenzel Bergl.

Schönbrunn Palace was the Imperial summer residence and became a glamorous focus of court life. Leading statesmen and great personalities from the arts and culture were amongst the many guests. Even the six-year-old Mozart performed in this select atmosphere. Later this palace and its gardens were also enjoyed by the nature-loving Empress Elisabeth (Sissi).

The Hofburg in the centre of Vienna was for many centuries the centre of the Habsburg Empire and the winter palace of the Imperial Family, like Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elisabeth. In its gardens is a wonderful art-nouveau Palm House where they would have found a quiet retreat from their busy schedules. Today this building is home to the Imperial Butterfly House.

Our model “Butterfly” with its exceptional marquetry work is a tribute to the magnificent gardens of both the Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palace and is a dazzling snapshot of nature. It is available in size 200 or 214, in black or white polyester with maple interior. The edition is limited to nine instruments and each will have an individually numbered brass plate.

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